Those who have been identified as being clinically at high risk from coronavirus have now been contacted by the Chief Medical Officer and have been advised how to protect themselves from coming into contact with the virus.
If you have not been sent a letter from the Chief Medical Officer asking you to shield then you do not need to do so, but you should continue to follow social distancing advice.
You should follow the most up to date guidance on social distancing, which will protect you and others from picking up the virus.
If you have not received a letter, but consider yourself to be in one of the groups listed on NHS Inform, you should make contact with you GP in the first instance to ask to be put into the shielding group.
Adults who are eligible for an annual flu vaccine for medical reasons, will not all be proactively contacted but are asked to take additional steps to reduce their social interactions by following social distancing measures in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Regardless of whether you are the person at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you can help protect people who are at risk by staying at home.